An evil spirit. The term may derive from the Slavonic bog
(god). Other forms of the name of this ancient sprite, specter,
or goblin are bug-a-boo, boo (Yorkshire), boggart, bogle (Scotland),
boggle, bo-guest, bar-guest, boll, bo-man, and bock. Bullbeggar
is probably a form of bu and bogey allied to boll
(Northern England), an apparition. (See also Boh)
Briggs, Katherine. An Encyclopedia of Fairies Hobgoblins,
Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. New York
Pantheon Books, 1976.

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